In-N-Out Burger is a regional chain of fast food restaurants with locations in the western United States. Founded in 1948 by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther, establishing the first In-N-Out burger in Baldwin Park, California and headquartered in Irvine, In-N-Out Burger has slowly expanded outside Southern California to the rest of the state, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. The current owner is Lynsi Martinez, the only grandchild of founders Harry and Esther Snyder. There are currently 281 locations (as of September 2012) with no location more than one day's drive from a regional distribution center. As the chain has expanded, they have opened several distribution centers in addition to their original Baldwin Park location.
These new distribution centers, located in Arizona (Phoenix), Utah (Draper), and Texas (Dallas) will provide for potential future expansion to other parts of the country. In-N-Out Burger has resisted franchising its operations or going public; one reason is the prospect of quality or customer consistency being compromised by excessively rapid business growth. The company's business practices have been noted for employee-centered personnel policies. For example, In-N-Out is one of the few fast food chains in the United States to pay its employees significantly more than state and federally mandated minimum wage guidelines – starting at US$10 per hour in California, as of January 2008. The In-N-Out restaurant chain has developed a highly loyal customer base, and has been rated as one of the top fast food restaurants in several customer satisfaction surveys.
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